Tag Archives: Spiral Dynamics

My Wisdom Lineage

My Wisdom Lineage Monday, December 21, 2015 This year’s meditations have explored the traditions, texts, and teachers that have had the greatest influence on my worldview and theology. Together they compose my “wisdom lineage.” I’ve shared these elements not to persuade you that my way is the only or best path, but to illustrate that… Continue Reading My Wisdom Lineage

The Perennial Tradition

Wisdom Lineage Summary The Perennial Tradition Sunday, December 20, 2015 As I shared in last week’s meditations, the development of consciousness is a gradual, lifelong process. Though Spiral Dynamics and other models of development show a trajectory toward non-dual thinking and unitive experience, it’s not typically a straightforward journey. We may catch a glimpse of… Continue Reading The Perennial Tradition

Levels of Development: Week 2 Summary

Levels of Development: Week 2 Summary: Sunday, December 13-Saturday, December 19, 2015 Beige: Instinctive/Survivalistic — The basic theme is to do what it takes to stay alive, with a preference for pleasure over pain. There is a unitive absorption with one’s mother and an original innocence and naïveté. (Sunday) Purple: Magical/Animistic — It becomes important… Continue Reading Levels of Development: Week 2 Summary

Green: Pluralistic Equality

Levels of Development: Week 2 Green: Pluralistic Equality Thursday, December 17, 2015 The sixth level of Spiral Dynamics is the Green or Communitarian/Egalitarian level. I call it the level of Pluralistic Equality, seen clearly in postmodernism. It is very politically correct. It was only in the 1960’s that we Americans, who said in our Declaration… Continue Reading Green: Pluralistic Equality

Red: The Impulsive Hero

Levels of Development: Week 2 Red: The Impulsive Hero Monday, December 14, 2015 The third level of development in Spiral Dynamics is the Red or Impulsive/Egocentric level. This is where the individual first realizes that he or she is distinct from the tribe and breaks free from group constraints. This level first emerged 10,000 years… Continue Reading Red: The Impulsive Hero

Early Levels: Instinctive and Magical

Levels of Development: Week 2 Early Levels: Instinctive and Magical Sunday, December 13, 2015 This week I will be describing my understanding of the stages of development outlined by Spiral Dynamics, which were popularized by Don Beck and now taught widely by Ken Wilber and others. As I mentioned last week, we may have momentary… Continue Reading Early Levels: Instinctive and Magical

Growing into Union

Levels of Development: Week 1 Growing into Union Thursday, December 10, 2015 (Thomas Merton Day) So many of our problems can be resolved if we understand that people are at different levels of emotional, mental, and spiritual maturity. I am told that United States diplomats are given an intense course in Spiral Dynamics before they… Continue Reading Growing into Union

Growth Is Real and Needed

Levels of Development: Week 1 Growth Is Real and Needed Monday, December 7, 2015 Dr. Clare Graves, whose research was foundational to the formation of Spiral Dynamics, writes, “What I am proposing is that the psychology of the mature human being is an unfolding, oscillating, spiraling process, marked by progressive subordination of older, lower-order behavior… Continue Reading Growth Is Real and Needed

My Wisdom Lineage

In Our End Is Our Beginning My Wisdom Lineage Friday, January 2, 2015 As best I can discern it, my spiritual lineage has about 15 building blocks. I must begin with “The First Bible”—Creation itself. God has revealed who God is through what is: “Ever since the creation of the world, God’s everlasting power and… Continue Reading My Wisdom Lineage

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